Jan 17, 201208:27 AMThe Telegraph
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New Tunes, 1-17-12
Our quick take on some of the week's fresh country and Americana music
Martina McBride, Hits and More – Can’t complain about 20 top tunes by one of country’s golden-voiced angels. … Well, actually, we do have a bit of a bone to pick. As far as we can tell, there are no songs from 2005’s excellent country-throwback collection Timeless. Truth be told, that’s the best record of her career, through and through. But, maybe she wanted to focus on songs she made famous. Understandable. Catch Martina on tour with the great George Strait.
Kathleen Edwards, Voyageur – The Canadian alt-country singer’s new album was co-produced by the new man in her life, Justin Vernon. He’s the singer-songwriter behind Bon Iver, so the fact that Edwards’ new tunes sound fuller, more richly produced is no surprise. Glad those two got together, though. Inspired musical matchmaking.
Cory Morrow, Live at Billy Bob’s Texas – Morrow’s been a gravelly-voiced staple of Texas country for years, and he’s finally getting the ‘Live at Billy Bob’s Texas’ treatment. Here’s a bit of trivia: This collection is the 40th entry in the iconic series (the guys behind it were inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame just last week). Morrow does 17 tunes on the concert album, including “Drink One More Round,” “21 Days” and even a cover of “Let My Love Open the Door.”
Roger Creager, Surrender – Another Texas dancehall star, Creager delivers his beer-soaked tunes in a lower register than his buddy, Cory. Fans of the Lone Star circuit will have a lot to chew on today. Too bad there’s not a Pat Green release to complete the triumvirate.
Tim McGraw, “Halo” – A very adult-contemporary-sounding new track from McGraw’s upcoming CD Emotional Traffic, which you can preview early on NPR Music. Man, the hype for this thing is overwhelming. It’s as though he and Kenny Chesney are trying to fill stadiums again. Oh wait … they are.